Oct 01 2014

Feeling Crafty? Come Make
A Wreath at Our Farmers’ Market


This week’s Farmers’ Market focuses on helping you get your home and yard beautiful this fall! Besides making it a delight for the eyes, we’re sure your home will smell wonderful when you start cooking all the delicious food you’ll be bringing home from our market. Visit us this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. off the route 12 circle in Raritan Township.

What’s New

Marie SaldariniMarie Saldarini will conduct a free wreath-making demonstration and workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. using dried nature. Please bring your own freshly cut vines — honeysuckle, grape, wisteria and so forth — and learn how to create a beautiful wreath. Reservations aren’t required, but are appreciated. Please give us a call at 908-237-4582 if you’re interested in attending.

Also, staff from the Flemington Free Public Library will visit the market and share some favorite stories with kids.

Land Trust Special

Get your yard looking especially pretty this fall with 8-inch mums from Blue Mist Hollow Farms. If you’re a Land Trust Supporter you’ll save $1 off your mums’ purchase. Stop by our booth if you qualify and pick up your special offer.

Recipe

Stone Soup

soup with drumstickThe idea of creating a stone soup is based on an old folk tale where several strangers arrive in a town with an empty pot but nothing to eat. When the local villagers won’t give them any food, the strangers fill a pot with water, add stones and tell curious locals they are making stone soup. The locals sympathize and soon start offering various vegetables and seasonings to help make soup.

The story of stone soup varies depending upon cultures with the inedible product sometimes being buttons, nails or an axe (Ouch!) In Almeirim, Portugal, considered the stone soup capital of the world, a monk is the protagonist of this fable.

 

This is a great meal to make with the entire family, but rather than use stones, this recipe calls for using red or white potatoes instead.

Ingredients

The Stones:

  • 3 small, whole red or white boiler potatoes, cleaned and scrubbed

Soup Ingredients:

  • 1 quart (4 cups) filtered water
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 6 red or white boiler potatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 medium organic carrots, sliced
  • 4 organic celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced thick (or use 1 cup frozen green beans)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

Seasonings

  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 bay leaves

For Mom to Add:

  • 5-6 organic chicken drumsticks, skin trimmed

Preparation:

  • Pre-chop and have ready all of the ingredients. (If you’re inviting your children to help, it’s recommended  that you place the soup ingredients into separate bowls to make it easier for them to add.)
  • Then, have each of your children place one small whole potato (stone) into a 6-quart slow cooker. Have your oldest child slowly pour in the water-vinegar mixture.
  • Next, have your kids add each of the soup ingredients, starting with the seasonings.
  • To make it even more fun for little ones, place the pre-chopped veggies in various areas of the kitchen. That way, as you call out what you need for the soup, your children can take turns running around to find the requested ingredient.
  • Finally, add the chicken drumsticks. Stir to evenly distribute soup ingredients, and ensure chicken is submerged in water.
  • Cover and cook on low approximately 8 hours (or on high about 5 hours). Then, a half-hour before serving, carefully remove the drumsticks and allow them to cool slightly. Also remove and discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.

Music

Late Night Kennel Club will perform live this Sunday.


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